Where has all the sunshine gone?

7th February 2013 by Helen

It was cold when I walked to the shower block today. It’s been so sunny and lovely for weeks and weeks now. Where has all the sunshine gone? I asked.

Then I realised. Normally there is a snowdrop in my garden in February but I’ve not seen any snowdrops here. There aren’t any signs of daffodil leaves in the parks. In fact there are no signs of Spring at all!

Blackberries ripening on the bush at the end of summer in Chile in February.

Blackberries ripening on the bush at the end of summer in Chile in February.

Instead I’ve been eating fresh raspberries picked from the raspberry bush next to my tent. And I’ve been eating apples and plums picked straight from the trees. The blackberries are nearly ripe. Soon I’ll be eating them too. These are all fruits that are ready to eat in late summer.

And here’s another sign: leaves are dropping from the trees as the trees prepare for winter.

Here the children have not yet started looking forward to their next holiday at Easter. First they are getting ready to back to school after their long summer holidays!

How can it be the end of summer and the beginning of autumn in February?

 

World Globe.  You can see South America here.  South America is in the bottom half of the globe, called the southern hemisphere.

World Globe. You can see South America here. South America is in the bottom half of the globe, called the southern hemisphere.

I am in Chile in South America.  South America is in the southern half of the world – called the southern hemisphere.  And in the southern hemisphere the seasons are opposite to the northern half of the world, the northern hemisphere. You might have seen a world globe at school: see how most countries are opposite another country.You might not have recognised picking and eating fresh apples and blackberries straight from the tree or bush is a sign of the end of summer. That is because we can buy fresh apples, plums and blackberries in our shops in winter. The reason we can do that is because they have been grown in another part of the world where it is summer. Then they are picked and quickly flown to us for us to buy and eat even when it is winter where we are.

What other fruits and vegetables can you think of that might be grown somewhere else and flown to you so you can eat them all year round?

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